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This article explores the challenges of writing about dyslexia outside the framing of an objectivist scientific language. I argue that to be able to portray dyslexia it becomes important not only to describe a personal experience of its symptoms, but to draw attention to the larger "alphabetic environment" (Upward and Davidson, 2011:1) which helps to create the condition of dyslexia. I examine two autobiographical narratives, the performance SLOW by Julie Cosenza (2008), and the zine Fuck Youfatcat:eyfeduo6ifc6zosmgap2a3mffu